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FBI: San Rafael Animal Rights Terror Suspect Reward Upped to $250K

Terra Linda High grad Daniel Andreas San Diego has been a fugitive for more than 10 years.

Daniel Andreas San Diego wanted by FBI Photos provided by FBI.gov
Daniel Andreas San Diego wanted by FBI Photos provided by FBI.gov
By Julia Cheever
Bay City News Service

The head of the FBI's San Francisco office announced a renewed effort today to capture an animal rights activist accused of bombing two East Bay companies with alleged ties to an animal testing laboratory in 2003.

Daniel Andreas San Diego, 35, grew up in San Rafael and graduated from Terra Linda High.

He is charged in federal court in San Francisco with bombing the headquarters of Chiron Corp. in Emeryville on Aug. 28, 2003, and Shaklee Corp. in Pleasanton on Sept. 26, 2003.

The buildings were damaged, but no one was hurt in the explosions.

A shadowy group called Revolutionary Cells Animal Liberation Brigade claimed responsibility for the blasts and said the reason for them was that the companies did business with Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British firm that tests products on animals.

San Diego has been a fugitive since Oct. 6, 2003, when he disappeared into a BART station in San Francisco while being followed by FBI agents.

David Johnson, the chief of the FBI's regional office in San Francisco, said San Diego is considered armed and dangerous and asked for the public's help in finding him.

"His bomb-making ability makes him a threat to any community. He needs to be taken off the streets," Johnson said at news conference at the Federal Building in San Francisco.

Johnson said, "No tip is too small" to be relayed to the FBI and said tips can be made anonymously.

"It's been 10 years. I just want to assure the public that his office is pouring manpower and resources into this investigation," he said.

The FBI has offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to San Diego's arrest, upped in 2006 from the original award of $50,000 announced in 2003.

The explosions at Chiron, a biotechnology firm, and Shaklee, which makes nutritional supplements, occurred in early morning hours. At Chiron, there were two blasts about an hour apart at two different buildings in the company's Emeryville complex.

Although no one was hurt, Johnson said the FBI was concerned that second Chiron bomb appeared to be intended to target firefighters and police who would be responding to the first bombing.

The Revolutionary Cells group said in its statements following the explosions that the bombs were made with ammonium nitrate and timers and that the Shaklee device was also strapped with nails.

In 2009, San Diego became the first person accused of domestic terrorism and the second American citizen to be placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.

The list, which was led by Osama bin Laden until he was killed in a U.S. strike in Pakistan in 2011, was created after the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and is separate from the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

Johnson said that over the years, the FBI has received tips of possible sightings of San Diego in Novato, San Rafael, and Northampton, Mass. The fugitive also has ties to Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and Bolivia, the FBI said.

San Diego was a strict vegan at the time of his disappearance. Johnson said he has skills in computer networking, vegan baking and sailing and may be working in any of those fields, or possibly as an English teacher or translator overseas.

San Diego grew up in Marin County and is the son of retired Belvedere City Manager Edmund San Diego. After losing a job at a high tech firm in February 2003, he unsuccessfully tried to launch a vegan bakery in Schellville, according to the FBI.

He is 6 feet tall, has brown hair and eyes, weighed 160 pounds in 2003 and has several tattoos on his body, the FBI said.

San Diego was under FBI surveillance after the explosions but disappeared while being followed by agents in San Francisco on Oct. 6, 2003.

"He parked his car, got out of his vehicle and went to a BART station" and was not seen again, Johnson said.

"He was very good at eluding surveillance. Obviously he had a plan," the FBI agent said.

The next day, on Oct. 7, 2003, federal prosecutors obtained a no-bail arrest warrant and filed a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in San Francisco charging San Diego with maliciously damaging buildings and other property with explosives.

The complaint was replaced with a grand jury indictment in July 2004 that charged him with two counts of maliciously destroying property with explosives and two counts of using a destructive device in a crime of violence.

In addition to being on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list, San Diego is included on an online Northern California Most Wanted list launched by federal and local officials this week. That website is at www.northerncaliforniamostwanted.org.

San Diego has also been profiled on the America's Most Wanted television program.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the nearest FBI office or the agency's San Francisco office at (415) 553-7400, or
dial 911. Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

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tony masi December 14, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I believe this FBI announcement is a chilling precursor to an agenda that seeks to more readily associate environmental and animal rights activists, in public perception and legal definition, with terrorists. San Diego is a serious offender who fortunately did not harm anyone with his explosives, but I feel he is now being actively promoted as a negative poster child to spread the message that "Animal rights and environmental extremists remain a significant threat based on the economic damage and widespread nature of this threat." Is the FBI now trying to redefine domestic terrorism as "economic damage"? I fear the FBI is opening the way to potentially prosecute less explosive actions of civil disobedience and/or destruction of private property undertaken in the name of environmental concerns and/or the ethical treatment of animals under the umbrella of domestic terrorism charges with all its attendant loss of rights and liberties. Protest actions in violation of the law which currently might land you in jail for the night with a subsequent fine may in the future define you as a suspected domestic terrorist. Is it too far-fetched to think that eventually any social or moral repercussive act taken up in defense of one's personal or regional health and security, yet deemed detrimental to anticipated corporate profits, could be labeled as terrorism?
tony masi December 20, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Law enforcement officers are even now being pressured to charge non-violent environmental protestors with terrorism-related offences. Two activists were charged for staging a bioterror hoax because of the amount of glitter on their banner. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/12/tar-sands-keystone-protesters-arrested-terrorism-glitter
Jim Caldwell December 21, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Ammonia nitrate bombs timed apart to hit first responders and another with nails for shrapnel. Sorry, that was intent to kill. The FBI has to put the resources on him. If that means bad cred on the cause blame San Diego.
tony masi December 21, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Renewed effort after a decade. Suspiciously, the FBI's timing coincides with increased corporate lobbying efforts to label environmental activists as eco-terrorists. If San Diego is responsible for the 2003 bombings, then he should be apprehended and tried. I am not trying to diminish the violence of that crime. I am concerned with what I envision as a growing campaign that aims to silence protest and dissent by associating non-violent activist demonstrations with terrorism. The fear of potentially facing heavy-handed punishments involving possibly years of prison time will effectively stopper much of the vocal and demonstrative criticisms of corporate interests that are contrary to the overall interests of humanity. This is where I fear this is leading.
Jim Caldwell December 23, 2013 at 04:24 PM
The zeal of animal rights and environmental protests are not in jeopardy here. The FBI found Sonny Bolger and many 70s radicals after decades in hiding. They need to put out PR on their continued efforts. I support that. As for false accusations and corporate influence to shut down dissent, I too fear the Fed over-reach. Case by case, so in the case of San Diego - which is the point of the article - I hope he is found and convicted, not martyred but incarcerated a very, very long time. And let the causes that he supported speak out against violence.

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